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  • 33% (1)
    Italy
  • 66% (2)
    Austria
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post #31 of 41
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Originally Posted by ARL67 View Post

As stated above, the weather will be a crapshoot in December.

February is also full of Europe's "half-term" school vacations.
Clears up 3rd week in February and that's when we usually go.

How long is your trip ?
The notion of staying a few days at a few places is a lot of travel / downtime.

I have skied St Anton, Garmish-Partenkirchen, and Zermatt ( Zermatt the last 2 years in a row ).
I have also had dialogue with poster "Cheizz" above ... heed his comments on the European ski scene.

My parents are both Austrian, so I love ALL of the European food & drink & schtik.

Garmisch is an interesting place as it is so close to Munich, and a fully functional town on its own, meaning lots of amenities and very little tourist gouging.
It has 2 ski areas, the "classic" and the glacier.
You are also very close drive to some Austrian ski areas for a ski day trip and back.
If you are bored,  go back to Munich for a day and tour the old city & beer halls, and my obligatory stop at the BMW headquarters / museum.

Zermatt is at a high elevation and you can count on snow there almost year round.
It is a big ski area,  connected to a smaller Italian ski area.
We spent 6 ski-days there no problem last year, and did not get bored, having already been there the year before.

The St. Anton scene is quite fun too, and lots of nearby ski areas.

Another ski friend and his group are very fond of the Val Gardena area, having been there 5-6 times now.

This year Ischgl is at the top of our list

- Andy

Thanks Andy for a very in depth answer we will be going for about 10 days probably. With everyone saying that's a terrible time to go either in terms of no snow or too many people the only other time we may be able to go is end March I doubt that would be any better would it?
post #32 of 41

Is there a reason that people keep recommending St. Anton? Have you all never skied there, or are you simply forgetting that the OP is still a beginner?

 

I love the place, but I wouldn't ever recommend it for a beginner.

post #33 of 41

What's the best pick for a beginner you think? I have no clue. 

post #34 of 41

If you're talking about a never-ever, then I think Val d'Isere is surprisingly good, because it's got a pretty big beginner area at the base with a free lift as well as a couple of "ski tranquille" areas that are all greens. You can also download pretty easily from them on the cable cars to avoid the difficult home runs.

 

For those with a bit of experience who want to cruise around blues and maybe easy reds, there are probably a lot of different areas that are good for that. Of the places I've skied, I think Arosa-Lenzerheide has some good terrain, as well as Les Diablerets-Villars-Gryon. That's just a general observation with no regards for holiday crowds, prices, etc.

 

But St. Anton is definitely not one of those places, because most of the blues there either have short steep pitches that are just as difficult as the reds or blacks or they have flat sections where you need to carry a lot of speed to make it through. Zurs and Lech have more "normal" blues, but I've found their slopes to be quite crowded the last couple of times I've been there. I know the traditional consensus is that St. Anton has the crowds, but I'm not sure that's the case anymore.

post #35 of 41
I think it's a too broad generalisation to say Italy vs Austria. There're not really any distinguishing factors ski-wise. All depends on the resort and season. But Christmas/NY will be crowded all over. Food, ambience, culture is a little different and could perhaps be generalized, but do vary with in each country too. A personal favorite is the Aosta valley in Italy, Courmayeur, Monte Rosa, Pila... Much for the food and wine. You'd want to be skiing at 1500-3000 meters that time of year.
post #36 of 41

Courmayeur, Monte Rosa, Pila would all be excellent choices that time of year. If you want to get plowed over by someone skiing too fast. 

post #37 of 41
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Courmayeur, Monte Rosa, Pila would all be excellent choices that time of year. If you want to get plowed over by someone skiing too fast. 

And where the hell wouldn't you get plowed over at that time of year? Everything will be crowded. I have seem bunny slopes at all those places, they'd be pretty safe.
post #38 of 41

Maybe you're right about the bunny slopes. I'd think you'd want to get as far away from the cities as possible (those places you cited are really close in), but then again, everything's bloody crowded that time of year. 

post #39 of 41

I think the best bets for a never ever are the sort of places most people in N america have never heard off - smallish resorts - perhaps on the periphery of bigger circuits.  So places like Westendorf, Schrocken, Risoul.  The key is easy slopes, not too much aggro in accessing them and skiing that is generally unattractive to higher level crowds and people bombing the easier runs.

post #40 of 41

@prickly, the wife and I just returned from a three week vacation in Europe and spend one night in Sterling/Vipatino and really liked the area.  Only got to spend a few hours in town and would really like to go back and do an off the beaten path winter vacation/ski trip to that area.  Are the ski hills in the south Tirol worthwhile for some laid back, non-gnar skiing?

post #41 of 41

Definitely, though I'd keep an eye out for snowfall there. 

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